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Real-world Self Defence

By Rich Evans

Commando Krav Maga – It sounds like a disease you may catch if you are a commando in a far off jungle, but no: It is a serious ‘real-world’ self defence style created by Commando’s in the Israeli Special Forces.

When I first spoke to Jeff Crane from Haktari Tae Kwon Do about the new style he was teaching, he told me the best way to understand it was to come down and experience it for myself.

Being a former martial artist – and by former I mean 20 years ago – I figured that might not be a terrible idea, I  should be ok.

As we started the training, any ideas I had about what I might have been in for were soon changed. The art of Krav Maga is very practical, and does not require you to be a movie star quality martial artist. The techniques are practical and very logical and can be used in a variety of situations.

Jeff ran his students through the techniques, which included disarming of guns and knives, releasing yourself from chokes and holds, and a number of techniques to protect yourself in any number of situations.

The class on the night I attended was made up of a range of people of varying ages, fitness levels and experience. The reality of Krav Maga is this: anyone can do it. And in my opinion, everyone should.

At the end of the class, I was only a little worse for wear, but took home a number of practical skills that, with some more practice, would definitely make me feel a little safer in today’s world.


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